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ADAPT THIS: “Lucid” by Michael McMillian and Anna Wieszczyk


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With Hollywood turning more of its attention to the world of graphic novels for inspiration, I’ll cast the spotlight on a new comic book each week that has the potential to pack a theater or keep you glued to your television screens. At the end of each “Adapt This” column, you’ll also find some thoughts from the industry’s top comic creators about the books they’d like to see make the jump from page to screen.

This Week’s Book: Lucid by Michael McMillian and Anna Wieszczyk

The Premise: In a parallel universe where governments employ sorcerers to protect their citizens from threats both domestic and abroad, Matthew Dee is America’s newly appointed “Protector of the Realm.” A mix of espionage thriller and fantasy, Lucid follows Dee as he uncovers a dark conspiracy that threatens both the nation and the world as he knows it.

The Pitch: Created and written by “True Blood” actor Michael McMillian, Lucid is a wild, alternate-world adventure that takes some of the best elements of the spy genre and adds a liberal dose of magic to keep things fresh.

In the first four-issue miniseries, we’re introduced to Dee before he becomes the nation’s top sorcerer, and it’s easy to see the character’s big-screen potential. A well-dressed, fast-thinking secret agent who’s equally adept at casting spells and kicking butt, Dee is a James Bond-style action hero, but with a twist — he’s also an intelligent, well-meaning guy. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s without a few skeletons in his closet, and the first story arc makes it easy to see why a “Lucid” movie would be more than just an explosion-filled, popcorn blockbuster.

Of course, with any alternate- or future-world tales, the setting is often as important as the cast of characters, and McMillian has crafted a world that’s just different enough from our own to win over fans of the fantastic, while grounded enough to appeal to the average audience. Think “Fringe” with magic instead of science, and you’re on the right track.

In much the same way that shows like “True Blood” present a more adult-oriented, gritty version of magic and paranormal happenings, Lucid offers a world where magic isn’t all hand-waving and bubbling cauldrons, but rather a tool — and more often than not, a weapon — with power determined by those who wield it. Add to all that a complex political conspiracy, some procedural drama, and some frantic action sequences, and it’s easy to see why Lucid has all the makings of an edge-of-your-seat, effects-driven adventure on the big screen.

The Closing Argument: I mentioned earlier that Lucid is a bit like “Fringe,” except magic is substituted for science — and that’s a comparison worth reiterating. Matthew Dee’s job as “Protector of the Realm” is equal parts James Bond super spy and intense procedural investigation, but in this case, the tools of his trade aren’t limited to laser pens and electron microscopes. By adding magic to the mix, Lucid has opened up a world with immense possibilities.

Given the right leading man, it’s easy to see a “Lucid” movie as franchise material that kicks things off with an adventure that introduces Matthew Dee and his world, and then kicks things into high gear with all manner of threats — whether magic or otherwise.

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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